AVB’s system (High Line TM and all) has finally sunk in to the Tottenham team and Spurs have found form, unbeaten in 10 in the League. But can they keep this form going until the end of the season? If you look at it game-by-game, it appears yes. Even the toughest matches – Chelsea away and City at home – look drawable and we seem to be more secure against teams in the lower part of the division – struggling to break them down, but never looking like losing. But game-by-game is a very superficial way of looking at it: in reality, the odds are that we will lose a game at some point.
In this league, every game is a potential banana skin. We were overwhelming favourites at home to Wigan but lost 1-0; we were overwhelming underdogs away to Manchester United but won 3-2. But don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to convince you that football is a game of luck; but there is enough luck involved that predicting a positive outcome for 12 consecutive matches is a risky business.
Away at Chelsea will probably be the most difficult fixture. Mata and co can run rings around any defence and it could well be ‘you score, we score’ for 90 minutes. Spurs will fancy their chances of getting at least a point away from Stamford Bridge but the defence will have to be alert for 90 minutes and Walker will have to play slightly better than he did in the return fixture in October! Liverpool away will be a completely different kettle of fish. Who can predict that result? It depends which Liverpool turn up – the 0-2 v West Brom…or the 5-0 v Swansea. If the first of those turn up, we could be filling our pockets with goals but if they play to their best, then we might be in for a struggle. Frankly, that could be a win, a draw, or a lose. Impossible to predict.
There are certainly a few other tricky away games but a win would still be expected. We generally have trouble – doesn’t everyone? – away at Stoke, and West Ham, Swansea and Wigan won’t be strolls in the park. But we should win or draw. The opposition players themselves won’t cause undue problems – with the exception of Michu, but I’m sure he’ll be in Kaboul’s pocket for 90 minutes – it’s just the atmosphere and the occasion, and potentially Spurs’ form that could cause issues.
I won’t dwell too much on the remaining home fixtures. The WHL faithful will always expect a win at home – or a draw at the very least – and frankly, any team in the top 4 should be looking to go unbeaten at home. We have looked very solid defensively at home for a few months now and only a rare moment of defensive sloppiness allows us to concede. And with Bale and co up top, we always have goals in us. Even City won’t like coming to the Lane and we should be able to at least restrict them to a draw. After all, we managed it with United.
Spurs don’t need to go undefeated to come top 4 – Chelsea play City, both of those and Arsenal still have to play United – but we can, if we maintain this current form. Saying that, although game by game it looks possible, chances are we will slip up at some point – nobody is perfect (well, apart from AVB, of course).
So in my view, we won’t go unbeaten due to the annoying law of averages – we meet again – but we’ll come top 4.
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By Alex Beck
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